Referenda as a decision making process
It’s not that I don’t think “we” should not be in charge of our destiny but, a week in to the EU Referendum campaign, I am really wondering if referenda are a good way to decide key decisions.
But with 16 weeks to go I can’t see things improving.
The BBC news is reporting that the G20 have said unanimously that Britain leaving the EU would cause a global economic shock.
Now I have no doubt that 20 senior people in the global economy have come to this conclusion. The problem is that the BBC has to be “balanced”, so to balance the G20 we have Nigel Farage! (again!)
And Farage is saying that we are voting just to leave a political union not a trade union – implying that if we walk out of the EU all trade deals will stay intact.
Am I as a voter any wiser from this news coverage? Am I better qualified to take part in a decision that many (on both sides) seem to view as momentous – possibly the most important decision for our nation this century? Eh, No.
Does it matter that I am confused and almost certainly misinformed – like everyone else – and that this situation is unlikely to change? We are the people and we should be sovereign!
Referenda threaten to just measure the balance of bigotry as the confused and apathetic stay away from the polls.
And I thought that the idea of Parliaments was that a representative body should make big decisions based on reasoned well-informed debate. Now, I wonder why we seem not to trust that process?